Zak Norman of Black Box Echo helped Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) bring a new visual show to realization for his 2015 tour for the album, Damogen Furies. Zak in turn asked for the help from a number of generative visualists, one of which being [namethemachine]’s Peter Sistrom.

For his part Peter developed two very different generative “synths” to run in Zak’s extensive, all real time VDMX show file.  These plugins allowed Zak to tweak and tune the look and sequencing of the synths to achieve a wide variation and to adapt and hone the show as it progressed over the tour.

Peter prototyped and sculpted the real-time synths in TouchDesigner before translating the resulting shaders over to VDMX’s ISF format allowing it to then be sequenced and preset by Zak in his main show system.



Another visual test of the second video “synth” Peter made.